Markarian Senior Member Joined: 27 Jun 2012 Posts: 656 Location: Seattle Area Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 6:40pm Subject: Wrong size gasket?
So I started seeing telltale signs the group gasket on my Technika wasn't forming a good seal anymore. Sure enough I took out the gasket and it was hard as a rock. I had ordered spares and went ahead and put one in, along with a new precision shower screen. Now my PF needs to be cranked all the way to the 4:00 position to seal! I was told that my machine uses a 8mm gasket but now I'm wondering if I should have ordered 8.5 or 9mm. Any advice? Thanks everyone.
Did the one that came out have a .5 mm paper shim above it? If so, is it still good enough to reuse, or destroyed in cleaning? The shims are only a dollar at even the most insanely overpriced retailers. (Teflon shims come in 1mm and 1.5 and will be more than a buck). If your current 8mm Gasket fits best with a .5mm shim, make your next gasket an 8.5mm.
In a pinch, you could make your own shims out of some heavy stock. I have to convert to inches for my brain to work, 1 mm is about 34 thou so half a mm is about 17 thou so that should not be too hard to find that is about 4 sheets of writing paper thick as an average sheet of paper is 5 thou give or take a little. You might even find some thin hard plastic to cut at that thickness and like SStones said, adjust the purchase of the next gasket accordingly.
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